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Mexico expands tourism

Mexico News Daily is reporting that the Mexican government is taking steps to increase their tourism revenue.

“The federal government presented a six-year tourism strategy yesterday with five key goals, including construction of the Maya Train, increasing foreign visitors’ spending and strengthening the sector across Mexico.

Speaking at an event in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, President López Obrador said tourism contributed US $22 billion to the economy last year, making it Mexico’s third biggest foreign exchange earner behind the automotive sector and remittances by Mexicans working outside the country.”

“That’s why it’s very important for us to maintain economic growth and continue creating jobs in the sector. We’re going to implement a plan to grow the whole country but we want to support tourism and at the same time support regions that are lagging behind in terms of growth, employment and well-being . . .” he said.”

 

Recent news stories have described crime in Mexico. Time.com reported, “The cycle of bloodshed that has gripped Mexico in recent years is again reaching record peaks. On average, someone was killed in Mexico every 15 minutes during the month of May, putting the country on track to surpass last year’s grim milestone of 29,168 killings.

The extent of the violence, and other types of crime, have pushed the issue to the top of the political agenda ahead of national elections on July 1. Political killings have also shot up, with 130 politicians, including 48 candidates for office, murdered since the beginning of the electoral cycle in September, according to political consultancy Etellekt. What is behind the violence?”

I’m glad to see that Mexico is taking steps to increase tourism. They also must continue their efforts to stop crime.

I will be visiting Cozumel in mid-March and I will be reporting from the amazing Palladium Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort.

Click on the links below for the stories mentioned above:

Mexico News Daily

http://time.com/5324888/mexico-violence-murders/

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